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2nd Annual NCAA Collegiate Tennis Fest in Miami to Honor Bobby Curtis

February 8, 2010 06:00 PM
The City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department and the Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation will host the 2nd Annual NCAA Collegiate Tennis Fest at the Ashe-Buchholz Tennis Center at Moore Park, 765 NW 36 Street, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, beginning at 11 a.m.

"In addition to the featured match between the men's tennis teams of the University of Miami and the University of Central Florida, we will welcome back UCF's Men's Head Tennis Coach Bobby Cashman, who grew up practicing and playing tennis at Moore Park," said Thomas J. Simmons, president, Greater Miami Tennis and Education Foundation. "We will also honor our own GMTEF Director Bobby Curtis, also known as 'Mr. Florida Junior Tennis,' who has had such a positive impact on the Miami tennis community for many years and has touched the lives of countless past and present players at the Ashe-Buchholz Tennis Center."
Curtis started organizing programs and teaching tennis at the Ashe-Buchholz/Moore Park Tennis Center more than 30 years ago. Curtis became a role model for the children in the inner-city programs, also playing an instrumental part in the development of the Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation, on which he still serves as a board director today.

The City of Miami is partnering with the University of Miami to promote tennis to socially- and economically-challenged youngsters who otherwise wouldn't be able to participate in the game. The children in attendance will get to watch competitive tennis from two outstanding universities and hopefully realize the opportunities that the sport has to offer through the recognition and highlights of both Coach Bobby Cashman and local tennis advocate Bobby Curtis on the day of the tournament.

In last year's featured NCAA Collegiate Tennis Fest match, Florida State University defeated the University of Miami.

"The support from the crowd -- especially the Greater Miami Tennis Educational Foundation and the USTA kids -- was tremendous," said head Miami coach Mario Rincon. "I'm very happy to see that Miami tennis is growing."

Residents and tennis enthusiasts are invited to come out and celebrate a great day in tennis. For more information, please call (305) 637-1061.





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